Applications for the revenue grants scheme have been suspended until further notice.
Funding available up to £1,000 per year (Revenue Grants can be approved for up to three years).
How to apply
You will be taken to a login screen, here you can register if you haven't used the service before or login if already registered.
Please be aware that before you start you will need the following information, some of which you will need to upload directly onto this form.
- Detailed information relating to the project and costs
- Bank Statements
- Annual Accounts (copy of last end year)
- Constitution/Trust Deed/Articles of Association (N/A if PC)
- Current Insurance Certificate & Schedules
- Health & Safety Policy
- Risk Assessment(s)
- Safeguarding Policy
Please save your form as you work through it, this way if you need to step away from your computer, you can rest assured that your form is saved, you can access your draft form again at anytime by login back into the portal and going to the "draft service requests" section. Once you submit the form, it can be found in the "Service requests" section.
This form must be completed a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the project start date.
Application Deadlines, Assessments and Decisions
Applications of £1,000 and under can be received at any time. We will notify you of our decision within four weeks of receipt of your fully and properly completed application. If further information is required to support your application, we will contact you.
For applications for funding over two or three years and over £1,000 in total, there are three application deadlines per year, closing on 31 January, 31 May, and 30 September.
A community grants panel will meet to consider eligible applications over two or three years three times per year in March, July and November. You will be required to attend the grants panel to discuss your project.
Applications received after the 31 January deadline will be considered by the grants panel at its meeting in March. Applications received for the 31 May deadline will be considered by the grant panel meeting in July. Applications received for the 30 September deadline will be considered by the grant panel at its meeting in November.
We will notify you of the decision of the grant panel within two days of its meeting.
Community grants funding is always subject to the council's budget position. We may be unable to fund every eligible application. We will assess your application according to the stated timescales, criteria and priorities for the relevant funding stream, and on the extent to which you are delivering:
- Our funding priorities [docx] 13KB
- Direct benefits to users and wider social and economic benefits
- Value for money
- A quality service to local people
Additional Funding Criteria
- Not for core revenue costs such as rent, salaries, insurances and utilities except for insurances or travel for one off events
- Not for uniforms, parties, recreational trips or refreshments but trips to compete or perform will be considered
- Not for recurrent events/projects or elements of such projects except community festivals
- Adherence to designated areas of priority
- Grant equals no more than 50% of total project cost
- Clear funding plan for remaining 50%
- If fund is oversubscribed, limit of one application from any one organisation in a three-year period
- Not for projects already started or work already carried out, or to replace funds already spent
- Not for projects relating to mainstream public services e.g. health, education provision; or for core purposes of the church e.g. religious instruction
- Provision of project supporting statement from Parish Council, if appropriate
If your application is successful we will send you an Offer of Funding, which sets out the purpose of the funding, the period of the arrangement, any performance measures, monitoring and review requirements, and the evidence of spend we require (Project Monitoring).
In signing your Offer of Funding you accept our standard Conditions of Funding [pdf] 17KB and any additional conditions stated in the offer.
Who to contact for help
Funding and Partnerships Officer
Telephone 01233 330485
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